More than a popular tattoo and flower crown favourite, this native is edible and can be used to style dishes, flavour cocktails and feed bees.
Geraldton Wax – named after where it’s from and it’s small, stiff ‘waxy’ petals, is a tiny plant, packing a mighty punch. Its leaves have citrus notes that are perfect to spruce up a drink, and its edible flowers are beautiful when used to decorate a dish.
The flower’s ability to last a relatively long time after cutting makes it perfect for cake decorating, flower crowns and bridal bouquets. A true all rounder!
According to the 2021 Plant Trend Report, growing edible natives is a positive trend that contributes to biodiversity and reinvigorates country and spirit. Natives are more resilient and best adapted to our environment, and are often the most beautiful and oldest examples of flora in the world.
Endemic to Western Australia, this native will happily call anywhere in Australia home. Natives like Geraldton Wax are used to harsh dry climates, so it’s extremely drought tolerant and easy care. Being from the coastal town of Geraldton in Western Australia, this wax plant loves the salty sea air.
This extremely easy-care plant grows impressively fast and produces gorgeous flowers in spring in colours ranging from white through to deep purple. To get growing with the Geraldton Wax plant, follow these easy care guidelines:
- Grows well in pots or open soil – just make sure it can drain easily.
- Loves full sun (can tolerate partial shade), but hates wind.
- Minimal watering. Pop your index finger knuckle deep into the soil, and only water if it’s dry.
- Loves a good prune. Clip the tips regularly whilst growing if you desire a thick, bushy form. Cut back at least one third of your Geraldton Wax after it flowers each year. Be sure to use those beautiful flowers!
- Apply mulch around the base during winter months as a blanket – it really does hate cold winds!
- Repot every 2-3 years.
- Fertilize once a year… too easy!
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Birds, bees and butterflies love the nectar of the Geraldton Wax. Given that it blooms earlier than other nectar-producing flowers, the Geraldton Wax is great for supporting biodiversity all year round.
The cut wax flower has a typical vase life of 18-20 days, so be sure to brighten your home and hair with its beautiful blooms.
The leaf is edible and has citrus notes, so add to dishes or drinks that could use a bit of zest. Use it in a similar way to how you would use rosemary – either blended with oil and salt or to flavour sauces, stocks or cocktails.
Ready to add some Geraldton Wax to your life? Head to your local garden or nursery centre and have a chat with the experts.